Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Up to our boot-tops in Fountain Valley

Just when you thought there were no exciting early photos of Fountain Valley,... I bring you.... mud.

This image shows the aftermath of the 1916 flood on the area surrounding Talbert. It's just miles and miles of mud. This particluar patch of red river silt, in the foreground, was near the corner of Magnolia Ave. and Heil St, and was a foot deep. Note the highwater mark on the barn.

My thanks to Dann Gibb for his continual help with all things Fountain Valley. I can't wait to see your O.C. Fair submission this year, Dann. It'll be hard to beat your earlier entries. The rabbit foot collection (mounted to a model of a Mongol horseman) and your dad's jar of "prison soap carvings" were particular favorites.


Connie Moreno said...

Well, I for one, found that to be very interesting!

Heidi said...

Great picture of FV. That's certainly a dismal sight :(. This flood in particular caused such widespread damage and loss of life/property throughout the state that it directly led to the formation of new dam regulating agencies, safety commissions, and the like. I wonder how long it would have taken for this quantity of mud to dry out, and for life to have returned to some semblance of normal?